…Neighbor Fingered In Kidnap
By Daniel Dafe
12-year-old Blessing Ineh declared missing some days ago in Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta has been found.
She was found on Tuesday in an abandoned soakaway behind her family house.
Oasis Magazine (OM) learnt that Blessing was dumped by three young men in the soakaway after she was raped, stabbed at the back and her throat was slit.
OM had reported that The child was last seen on the 1st of January, 2020 at about 1845hrs when she was sent to buy mosquito coil.
OM gathered that she was rescued from the soakway after a little child heard her cry and notified passers-by.
Her abductors are said to have also rubbed native chalk all over her body, a situation many believe was a case of ritual and not kidnap, as they said those involved may be internet fraudsters.
At the moment, Blessing is in an undisclosed hospital taken medication.
At the time of filing this report, news came that one of the culprits has been arrested.
Our source said the little girl mentioned him as one of the three young men that abducted her.
Identified as General (nickname), he is said to be a neighbor of the Inehs.
One of our sources said on the day of the kidnap, General was the one that called Blessing and lured her before she was whisked away in a vehicle.
He added that she was dumped in the soakaway to die when they were through with what they abducted her for.
“Since the day of her kidnap, General has been away. He resurfaced recently and was arrested after the lady said he was involved. The mother of the girl has even been suspecting him before the child was found and said he was involved,” our source said.
How she survived 5 days losing blood from her slit throat with no food is still a mystery to many, as residents in the community described her survival as a miracle.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the state,
DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, confirmed the incidence.
Although she said she was not aware that Blessing was raped, she said the victim was found in an abandoned soakaway pit.
Adding: “She was stabbed at the back, her throat was slit and one of those involved with her disappearance has been arrested.”
“He is a carpenter and one of the neighbors to Blessing Ineh’s family. Blessing is responding to treatment in one of the hospitals,” she said.
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